CBSE Class 10th board exams will be mandatory from the academic year 2017 - 18. The board has also remodelled the complete assessment structure of Class 10th which will be effective from next academic session. The board has released a circular on its official site cbse.nic.in, regarding these decisions.
Earlier, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar announced that Class 10th board examination for CBSE schools will become mandatory from the academic year 2017 - 18 and this circular is an official confirmation.
CBSE Class 10th Old Assessment Structure
Till now, there were 4 formative and 2 summative assessment tests across the year in CBSE class 10. The complete syllabus of CBSE class 10th was divided into two parts.
The first half of the syllabus was assessed with the help 2 formative and 1 summative assessment conducted between April to September and rest half of the syllabus was assessed with other 2 formative and 1 summative assessment. For last summative assessment students of CBSE Class 10 had the choice of either giving the board exam conducted by CBSE or exam conducted by the school.
New Assessment Structure of CBSE Class 10 Effective from 2017 - 18
From next academic session (i.e., 2017 – 18), class 10 students will have to appear for exams conducted by CBSE and based on the complete syllabus of class 10.
As per the new assessment pattern of CBSE, the mandatory board exams will be conducted for 80 marks per subject with an internal assessment total of of 20 marks in total.
Internal Assessment (20 Marks) comprises of Periodic Test (10 Marks), Notebook Submission (5 Marks), and Subject Enrichment Activity (5 Marks).
For the purpose of uniformity, CBSE has advised the schools to follow the similar pattern from class 6 to class 9.
To know more about, CBSE’s New Assessment Structure, get the circular issued by Central Board of Secondary Education.